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Hawkes opens up on return to action

19 November 2021

Rovers wide man Josh Hawkes opened up on his return to the group, having been sidelined in recent weeks with an injury.

The Sunderland loanee, who was in fine form prior to his knock, opened up on the timing of the injury, where he felt his game was at and the small margins that make all the difference on the pitch, in his pre-match interview, ahead of Saturday's trip to face Bristol Rovers.

Hawkes started his interview by discussing the timing of the injury and the excellent work of the physios to get the 22-year-old back amongst the group in an efficient manner.

"I think it came when it wasn't a great time. I felt like I was just getting to full fitness and in the team and sometimes that's what it does football, it kicks you when you're at your best. It came at a bad time but the physios here were brilliant and they got me back quick enough.

"I feel like I was getting better game-by-game, obviously I came here to play games and I felt like with the games I was getting, I was getting fitter and getting more contributions. I felt like I was more involved in the games. The injury did come at a bit of a bad time, but I wasn't out for too long and hopefully I can pick up where I left off."

Hawkes has made an instant impact on the Wirral, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite amongst the fanbase, he discussed this and the importance of them sticking with the team as they look to embark on a winning streak that will lift them up the table.

"The club is massive and that's one of the main reasons why I wanted to come here. Obviously when I was playing the results were going well and that always helps, I think you get the relationship with the fans.

"But, I think it's doubly important to stick with us at the moment while it's not going well because I think it can change. You can soon go on that run of four, five wins and your confidence is back in the team and you soon move up the table."

Hawkes also talked about the fine margins in football, he believes that Rovers will get more goals in the coming weeks and cited the importance of striking the first blow in games, as he believes it suits Rovers style of play when games become more open.

"It's such small margins. I think it's taking the chances when we get the chances to score, I don't think we're really doing that at the moment.

"I think getting that first goal in the games is so important for us, it allows the game to open up a little bit which I think helps us with the pace we have in the team. I think the goals will come, we're still a new group learning together and I think it will pick up and we will start to score more goals."

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